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One ATP 500 and two ATP 250 events will be played next week and here are the updated entry lists.

The Claro Rio Open will be played on outdoor red clay courts from the 19th to the 25th of February. Austria’s Dominic Thiem is the defending champion and he leads the acceptance list, followed by Marin Cilic and Pablo Carreno-Busta.

The Open 13 Marseille will take place in France on indoor hard courts. David Goffin, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych headline the entry list, while last year’s winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out.

The Delray Beach Open in USA, which has been part of the ATP tour since 1993, will be the third tournament of the week, with outdoor hard courts. Home player Jack Sock is the reigning champion and he will be the top seed. Former winners Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin Del Potro, Sam Querrey and Ivo Karlovic will compete as well.

NEWS: Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi withdraws from Rio de Janeiro, he is replaced by Austria’s Gerald Melzer.

NEWS: Kyle Edmund pulls out from Rio de Janeiro, Spain’s Pablo Andujar takes his place.

ATP 500 Rio de Janeiro (BRA, Red Clay Outdoor), entry list:
1 Thiem, Dominic AUT 5
2 Cilic, Marin CRO 6
3 Carreno-Busta, Pablo ESP 10
4 Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 22
5 Schwartzman, Diego ARG 26
6 Fognini, Fabio ITA 27
7 Cuevas, Pablo URU 33
OUT Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR 37
9 Monfils, Gael FRA 39
10 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 40
OUT Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 45
OUT Edmund, Kyle GBR 49
13 Bedene, Aljaz SLO 51
14 Mayer, Leonardo ARG 52
15 Pella, Guido ARG 56
16 Haider-Maurer, Andreas AUT @63
17 Vesely, Jiri CZE 64
18 Zeballos, Horacio ARG 66
19 Delbonis, Federico ARG 67
20 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 70
21 Lajovic, Dusan SRB 75
22 Estrella-Burgos, Victor DOM 81
OUT Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel GER 83 
OUT [SE]
25 WC Monteiro, Thiago BRA 117
26 WC Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 111
27 WC Ruud, Casper NOR 122
OUT [WC]
29 [Q]
30 [Q]
31 [Q]
32 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Kicker, Nicolas ARG 94 
IN Sandgren, Tennys USA 96 
IN Dutra Silva, Rogerio BRA 100
IN Melzer, Gerald AUT 102
IN Jarry, Nicolas CHI 105
IN Andujar, Pablo ESP @105
1. Cecchinato, Marco ITA 106
2. Berlocq, Carlos ARG 109

ATP 500 de Janeiro (BRA, Red Clay Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Sangren, Tennys USA 55 
OUT Jarry, Nicolas CHI 95
OUT Melzer, Gerald AUT 98
4 Cecchinato, Marco ITA 99
OUT Dutra Silva, Rogerio BRA 101 
OUT Andujar, Pablo ESP @105
7 Carballes-Baena, Roberto ESP 106 
OUT Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 107 
9 Elias, Gastao POR 115
OUT Monteiro, Thiago BRA 117
11 Berlocq, Carlos ARG 118
OUT Ruud, Casper NOR 121 
13 Sousa, Pedro POR 125
14 WC Souza, Joao BRA 233
15 WC Pereira, Jose BRA 611
16 WC Seyboth Wild, Thiago BRA 622
Alternates:
IN Ofner, Sebastian AUT 144 
IN Moutet, Corentin FRA 150 
IN Olivo, Renzo ARG 152 
IN Giannessi, Alessandro ITA 157 
IN Robredo, Tommy ESP 161 
OUT Bolelli, Simone ITA 172 
IN Domingues, Joao POR 179 
IN Taberner, Carlos ESP 188
OUT Andreozzi, Guido ARG 211
IN Clezar, Guilherme BRA 220
1. Collarini, Andrea ARG 233
2. Souza, Joao BRA 241

 

ATP 250 Marseille (FRA, Hard Indoor) entry list:
1 Goffin, David BEL 7
2 Wawrinka, Stan SUI 9
OUT Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 15 
4 Pouille, Lucas FRA 18
5 Berdych, Tomas CZE 20
6 Muller, Gilles LUX 25
7 Dzumhur, Damir BIH 30
8 Zverev, Mischa GER 34
9 Krajinovic, Filip SRB 35
OUT Sugita, Yuichi JPN 41
11 Khachanov, Karen RUS 48
OUT Struff Jan-Lennard GER 53
13 Simon, Gilles FRA 57
14 Benneteau, Julien FRA 58
15 Sousa, Joao POR 59
16 Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 68
OUT Mayer, Florian GER 69 
18 Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 72
19 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 73
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
22 [WC]
23 [WC]
24 [WC]
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
OUT Lu, Yen-Hsun TPE 74
IN Tsitsipas, Stefanos GRE 80 
IN Medvedev, Daniil RUS 84 
OUT Fucsovics, Marton HUN 85
IN Djere, Laslo SRB 86  
OUT Copil, Marius ROU 93
IN Marterer, Maximilian GER 95
OUT Sandgren, Tennys USA 96
IN Jaziri, Malek TUN 97
IN Mahut, Nicolas FRA 103
OUT Kuznetsov, Andrey RUS 104
1. Andujar, Pablo ESP @105
2. Kavcic, Blaz SLO 110
3. Carballes Baena, Roberto ESP 113

ATP Marseille (FRA, Hard Indoor) qualifying:
OUT Medvedev, Daniil RUS 56 
OUT Fucsovics, Marton HUN 63
OUT Marterer, Maximilian GER 82
OUT Mahut, Nicolas FRA 104
OUT Jaziri, Malek TUN 109
6 Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR 113
7 Halys, Quentin FRA 119
8 Bemelmans, Ruben BEL 120
OUT Berrettini, Matteo ITA 128
10 Travaglia, Stefano ITA 133
OUT Ymer, Elias SWE 135
12 Otte, Oscar GER 136
13 Gombos, Norbert SVK 137
14 Maden, Yannick GER 142
15 [WC]
16 [WC]
Alternates:
IN De Schepper, Kenny FRA 145 
IN Hemery, Calvin FRA 153 
IN Bachinger, Matthias GER 162
OUT Auger-Aliassime, Felix CAN 163
IN Vatutin, Alexey RUS 166
IN Ojeda-Lara, Ricardo ESP 174
OUT Taberner, Carlos ESP 188
IN Ivashka, Ilya BLR 190
OUT Gulbis, Ernests LAT 198
IN Marti, Javier ESP 243
OUT Martinez, Pedro ESP 256
1. Gabashvili, Teymuraz RUS 257
2. Hoang, Antoine FRA 264

 

ATP Delray Beach (USA, Hard Outdoor) entry list:
1 Sock, Jack USA 8
2 Anderson, Kevin RSA 11
3 Del Potro, Juan Martin ARG 12
4 Querrey, Sam USA 13
5 Kyrgios, Nick AUS 17
6 Raonic, Milos CAN 23
7 Mannarino, Adrian FRA 28
8 Harrison, Ryan USA 44
9 Johnson, Steve USA 46
10 Shapovalov, Denis CAN 50
11 Donaldson, Jared USA 55
12 Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 61
13 Chung, Hyeon KOR 62
14 Young, Donald USA 63
15 Gojowczyk, Peter GER 65
16 Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 71
17 Ebden, Matthew AUS 76
18 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 77
19 Sela, Dudi ISR 78
20 Albot, Radu MDA 88
21 Karlovic, Ivo CRO 89
22 Lacko, Lukas SVK 90
23 Youzhny, Mikhail RUS 91
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
26 [WC]
27 [WC]
28 [WC]
29 [Q]
30 [Q]
31 [Q]
32 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Fritz, Taylor USA 92
OUT Copil, Marius ROU 93
OUT Jaziri, Malek TUN 97
IN Daniel, Taro JPN 98
1. Jarry, Nicolas CHI 105
2. Andujar, Pablo ESP @105

ATP Delray Beach (USA, Hard Outdoor) qualifying:
OUT Fritz, Taylor USA 76
OUT Daniel, Taro JPN 100
3 Fratangelo, Bjorn USA 105
4 Norrie, Cameron GBR 114
5 Laaksonen, Henri SUI 123
6 Smyczek, Tim USA 124
7 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian ESP 130
8 Bublik, Alexander KAZ 131
9 Escobedo, Ernesto USA 132
OUT De Minaur, Alex AUS 139 
11 Ramanathan, Ramkumar IND 140
12 Polansky, Peter CAN 141 
OUT Paul, Tommy USA 149
14 Kozlov, Stefan USA 155
15 [WC]
16 [WC]
Alternates:
OUT McDonald, Mackenzie USA 158 
OUT Mmoh, Michael USA 164 
IN Broady, Liam GBR 165 
OUT Kudla, Denis USA 167 
IN King, Darian BAR 169
OUT Klahn, Bradley USA 175
OUT Rubin, Noah USA 180 
OUT Schnur, Brayden CAN 192
IN Opelka, Reilly USA 197
OUT Kecmanovic, Miomir SRB 204
IN (Alternate On site)
1. Krueger, Mitchell USA 206
2. Kokkinakis, Thanasi AUS 217
3. Smith, John-Patrick AUS 219
4. Munoz De La Nava, Daniel 276

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Canada Daily Preview: A Huge Day of Action Headlined by Serena/Bencic and Medvedev/Kyrgios

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Serena Williams on Monday in Toronto (twitter.com/NBOtoronto)

On Tuesday, Serena Williams announced her retirement from the sport in a poignant essay.  With only a month left before one of the greatest players of all-time retires, Serena will play only her third match in the past 14 months on Wednesday, as she faces fellow Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic.

 

In Montreal, the two ATP singles champions from last week will collide, as Los Cabos champ and world No.1 Daniil Medvedev takes on Washington champ and Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios

Those are just two of a plethora of high-profile second round matches on Wednesday.  Overall seven of the WTA top 10 and six of the ATP top 10 will be in action in a jam-packed day of tennis.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Wednesday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time in both Toronto and Montreal.


Daniil Medvedev (1) vs. Nick Kyrgios – Not Before 1:00pm on Court Central in Montreal

Medvedev did not drop a set during his title run last week in Mexico, and is the defending champion of this event.  But Kyrgios is having the best summer of his career.  He’s now claimed 12 of his last 13 matches, which of course includes his first Major singles final at Wimbledon.  And Nick is 2-1 against Daniil, though they’ve split two hard court meetings.  Three years ago in the final of Washington, Kyrgios prevailed thanks to two tiebreaks.  But at this year’s Australian Open, Medvedev was victorious in four.  Last year at this tournament, Daniil defeated a few other big servers such as Hubi Hurkacz, John Isner, and Reilly Opelka.  On Wednesday, his defensive skills may again prove to diffuse Nick’s serving prowess.  And as seen in the Wimbledon final, Kyrgios can get easily frustrated by opponents who can play elite-level defense.


Belinda Bencic (12) vs. Serena Williams – Not Before 7:00pm on Centre Court on Toronto

These next few weeks will be the last in perhaps the most remarkable career in tennis history.  Serena has said she does not want a lot of fanfare surrounding her last tournaments, but fans will surely be clamoring to see the all-time great one last time.  In just her third match this year, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in women’s singles faces the most recent gold medalist.  Bencic is now 28-13 this season, and two of her best results this season have come in the US.  She was a semifinalist in Miami, and the champion in Charleston.  Serena is 2-1 against Belinda, though Bencic’s only victory occurred in this same city seven years ago, when the Swiss star won this title as an 18-year-old.  Williams played some good tennis during her straight-set victory on Monday, and both players will assumedly be quite nervous knowing this is one of Serena’s final matches.  But considering Williams has not defeated a top 20 player since the 2021 Australian Open, Bencic should be favored on this day.  Regardless, this opportunity to watch Serena compete will be cherished by her millions of fans.


Other Notable Matches on Wednesday:

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Ajla Tomljanovic – Swiatek is now 48-5 on the year, and has won her last three hard court tournaments dating back to February (Doha, Indian Wells, Miami).  Tomljanovic reached her second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal last month.  Their only previous meeting also occurred in Toronto, when three years ago the Australian retired after only five games.

Elena Rybakina vs. Coco Gauff (10) – The new Wimbledon champion played for a full three hours on Tuesday, eventually defeating Marie Bouzkova 6-1 in the third.  On the same day, Gauff dropped only four games to fellow American Madison Brengle. 

Tommy Paul vs. Carlos Alcaraz – Alcaraz is now 42-7 in 2022, and is coming off back-to-back finals at clay events in Europe.  Paul has accumulated 25 wins of his own this season, 16 of which have come on hard courts.

Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Leylah Fernandez (13) – Fernandez gritted her way to a three-set victory on Monday night in her first match since injuring her foot at Roland Garros.  Haddad Maia has 34 wins on the year, and won back-to-back grass court tournaments in June.  Earlier this season in the semifinals of Monterrey, Leylah prevailed over Beatriz in straight sets.

Qinwen Zheng vs. Ons Jabeur (5) – Jabeur went 1-1 last week in her first two matches since her losing effort in the Wimbledon final.  Qinwen also lost to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon, after two tight sets in the third round of that event.

Bianca Andreescu vs. Alize Cornet – Andreescu overcame injury to defeat San Jose champion Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday evening, requiring multiple medical timeouts in the first set alone.  Earlier in the day, Cornet took out Caroline Garcia in three sets.  Alize is 2-0 against Bianca.

Yoshihito Nishioka (SE) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (6) – Nishioka was a surprise finalist last week in Washington, where he earned impressive victories over five top 40 players, including Andrey Rublev.  Auger-Aliassime has now lost four of his last six matches.  Yoshi leads their tour-level head-to-head 2-1, which includes a dramatic three-set win three years ago at Indian Wells in a third-set tiebreak.

Jack Draper (Q) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) – Tsitsipas has not played since his embarrassing behavior in a third-round defeat at the hands of Kyrgios at Wimbledon.  20-year-old Draper has earned 35 match wins at all levels this season. 


Wednesday’s full Order of Play is here.

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6, 5, 4…is the rise of Carlos Alcaraz going to continue this week?

Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters 1000 may allow the Spaniard’s ranking to reach new zeniths

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CARLOS ALCARAZ OF SPAIN - PHOTO: ANGEL MARTINEZ / MMO

By Kingsley Elliot Kaye

Numbers are fascinating, even worshipped by some, unquestionable and reassuring. We may forget the fallibility of subjective evaluation and rejoice with the sense of power that comes with belief that any reality, from outer space to the inner world, can be measured, and expressed with numbers.

 

And numbers have been fuelling tennis headlines over the last weeks as Carlos Alcaraz has been heading on, his rise in the rankings unblemished by the losses to Musetti and Sinner in the finals in Hamburg and Umag and ticking on like an ultimate countdown.  

In the next two weeks Alcaraz will have limitless opportunities to reap points in the two Masters 1000 leading up to the US Open since he will only be dropping the points he earned last year in Cincinnati where, after qualifying, he reached the round of 32 before losing to Lorenzo Sonego.

There is more at stake for those he is chasing: Medvedev, winner in Canada and semi-finalist in Cincinnati is surely capable of bettering such results, but it will not be a walkover. Zverev is fully committed to rehab and unable to defend his Cincinnati 2021 crown. Nadal, who missed all the second part of the last season and could be a serious challenger in terms of point harvesting, has just had to pull out from Montreal owing to his still-healing abdominal injury.    

Nitpickers may suggest that the most recent hurdles cleared by Alcaraz have not coincided with immaculate victories and that what had seemed for a long time to be a perfect set-up engine, meticulously fine-tuned, has been starting to misfire.

No doubt that his 2022 campaign had been a crescendo up to his triumph in the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid, where he brushed aside Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev. The match with Djokovic was of supreme quality and will stand out as one of the gems of the year.

Till then, his loss to Korda in Monte Carlo was the only lapse and could be considered an incident, as it may occur to any guy setting foot on clay for the first time in months, adorned with a new status as a tennis prodigy after his win in Miami and awaited by a roaring buzz of expectations.

In Paris, a first yellow alert did appear when he was on the brink of defeat in round 2 with Ramos-Vinolas in a match stained by 74 unforced errors. Then followed shining performances against Korda and Khachanov before falling in the quarter-finals to Zverev who overpowered him throughout most of their match. But Zverev was formidable that day and Alcaraz strove to the very end to find an escape way and was close to coming back, missing a set point in the fourth set tiebreak that would have tugged him into a decider.

His star seemed to be shining at Wimbledon after his impressive dominance over Otte, but two days later was obscured by Sinner. On this occasion, for the first time in his newly established career, his game appeared blunted.

Was his body starting to remind him he’s a teen, capable of formidable performances, but still to develop that endurance and resilience which are needed to maintain peak cruising over longer stretches?

Then followed defeats in Hamburg and Umag finals on clay. A final itself cannot be considered a disappointing result, but his halo of invincibility was dimmed.

Particular concern was his second defeat in a month to Sinner, where he appeared at loss for solutions over the last one hour and a half, his boisterous self-confidence slowly deflating and his body language revealing frustration. In his press conference, Alcaraz admitted such a sense of helplessness and said to be determined to figure out a way to win against the Italian. 

The point is that Alcaraz made such a great impression in the first part of this season that it has become hard to believe he can lose a match.

At his best, he can deliver any shot at any moment, with a variety rarely seen before. In an inspired instant, he can switch from herculean ball-striking to caressing a dropshot, which will land, bounceless, a few inches after the net. What about his eagerness to volley, often following his wondrously effective kick serve? Not to mention his serve which alternates power and spin, his endurance in winning long rallies, scuttling far and beyond to fling in a winner from out of the blue. Opponents cannot but be befuddled. 

And then, is clay really the surface that best suits his game? In an interview with Marca, he said he’s comfortable on all surfaces but feels that his dynamic game most suits hard courts. If we couple this statement with his enthusiasm for being in Montreal and playing the Canadian Open for the first time, after throwing in some hard work for a successful transition from clay to hard, we can be positive that the fire has been kindled, and the countdown for reaching the highest ranking orbits is running once again.      

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Canada Daily Preview: Andreescu, Osaka, Raducanu Face Formidable Opposition

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Canada’s Bianca Andreescu won this title in 2019 (twitter.com/NBOtoronto)

Tuesday’s schedule in Toronto features several Major singles champions taking on recent tournament finalists.  2019 US Open champ Bianca Andreescu faces San Jose champ Daria Kasatkina.  Four-time Slam champ Naomi Osaka plays Washington runner-up Kaia Kanepi.  US Open champ Emma Raducanu faces defending champion Camila Giorgi.  And another US Open champ, Sloane Stephens, plays Indian Wells runner-up Maria Sakkari.

 

In Montreal, many matches have been carried over from Monday due to rain, including Andy Murray against Taylor Fritz, which was previewed here.  Also on Tuesday, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini takes on Pablo Carreno Busta.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Tuesday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time in both cities.


Camila Giorgi vs. Emma Raducanu (9) – Second on Centre Court in Toronto

Giorgi was a surprising champion of this event a year ago, as she was ranked outside the top 70 at the time.  And she has failed to follow-up on that title run.  Camila promptly lost her next four matches, and in 2022, she’s just 13-13.  Of course Raducanu also won the biggest title of her career last summer, and has similarly struggled ever since, with a record of 11-13 on the year.  In their first career meeting, the pressure will be on Giorgi, as she’s never before defended a title of this caliber. That makes Raducanu the favorite to advance in her Canadian debut.


Daria Kasatkina (11) vs. Bianca Andreescu – Not Before 7pm on Centre Court in Toronto

What a season Kasatkina is having.  She is now 32-14, and is No.3 in the year-to-date rankings.  Last week in San Jose, she defeated two top six players en route to the title (Badosa, Sabalenka).  And at the same time, she’s influencing social change, as the Russian recently came out as gay, and spoke out against that subject remaining “taboo” in her home country.  In her own home country, Andreescu achieved great success three years ago, winning this title just weeks before becoming a US Open champion.  But the last few years have thoroughly tested Andreescu, as she’s battled injuries, COVID, and mental health issues.  Just a week ago in San Jose, she retired mid-match due to back pain.  In her first match in Toronto since her title run, it’s hard to imagine she’ll be fully healthy.  A confident, happy, and in-form Kasatkina is a strong favorite to continue her winning streak despite their history.  Bianca leads their head-to-head 2-0, which includes a three-set victory three years ago at this same event.


Other Notable Matches on Tuesday:

Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Matteo Berrettini (11) – This will be Berrettini’s debut at this event, while Carreno Busta is only 2-2 lifetime here.  Their only previous meeting occurred at this year’s Australian Open, which Matteo claimed in straight sets.

Kaia Kanepi vs. Naomi Osaka – Kanepi lost the final of Washington on Sunday to Liudmila Samsonova 6-3 in the third.  This will only be Osaka’s third match since May, and she’s coming off a straight-set loss last week in San Jose to Coco Gauff.  When they played five years ago at the US Open, Kanepi prevailed 7-5 in the third.

Maria Sakkari (3) vs. Sloane Stephens – Stephens was up a set and 5-2 over Sofia Kenin on Monday before eventually prevailing 7-5 in the third on her sixth match point in a highly-dramatic affair.  Sakkari was decisively defeated last week in San Jose by Shelby Rogers.  This is their first career encounter.


Tuesday’s full Order of Play is here.

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